Because of our desert climate, a healthy lawn in San Diego is dependent upon an effective irrigation system. Since the City of San Diego has added restrictions on water use, it’s important to be smart with your water. In this article, we’ll provide a few tips that can keep you and your lawn ahead of the weather.
Last year’s mandatory water use restrictions are still in place today. Those restrictions limit you to watering your lawn 2 times per week after 6 p.m. and before 10 a.m. for 5 minutes – that includes standard sprinkler systems.
You can read a complete listing of the water restrictions here.
Finally, a lawn project that the kids will actually enjoy! You do not even have to go out and buy a rain barrel to capture water from the downspout – some people even use a trash can to do the trick.
If you’re in the market, though, to buy a proper rain barrel, the City is offering a fantastic rain barrel rebate program for you to do just that. When looking around for rain barrels, you’ll need to think about how you’re going to get the water from the barrel. Most barrels have spigots or pumps and hose access.
When you’re place your rain barrel, make sure you select a flat surface. Also, be sure to keep it in shade so that the growth of algae can be better prevented.
The City has provided a cool Landscape Watering Calculator that lets you plug in information including the type of plants in your yard, soil, sprinkler system, etc. to get an estimate on just the right amount of water to use in your landscape.
Saturating your lawn is a big no-no – not just because of the restrictions but because of the health of your lawn and plants. You’ll be able to tell if your lawn and plants are overwatered by the appearance of yellow leaves.
Did you know that you can save up to 10 gallons per minute by ensuring your drink lines and sprinklers do not leak? If you do find leaks, stucco or duct tape can buy you a bit of time until you can properly plug the leaks.
Mulch plays a very important role in helping to prevent moisture evaporation. It also helps to prevent storm run-off and erosion. Each layer of mulch should be at least an inch thick for good air circulation.
Whether you need help with the design, installation or troubleshooting irrigation systems on your property, the Juniper Landscape Company is more than happy to lend a hand. Give us a call at 619-334-9464.